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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer:  Dave Smith Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional singing (Sufism itself represents mysticism within Islam) popular in parts of Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that was mainly popularised among Western audiences by the great Nusret Fateh Ali Khan, who, as well as performing at Womad, also recorded for Peter Gabriel's Real World record label. Qawwali singing is generally ...

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What The Ladybird Heard – Town Hall, Birmingham

Writers: Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (original book) Director: Graham Hubbard Reviewer:  John Kennedy Shake off those tinsel and turkey cobwebs with fifty-five minutes of farmyard festive fun and frolics with this delightful stage adaptation of the award-winning eponymous picture book by Julia Donaldson &Lydia Monks. Participation is optional - hilarity jolly well near compulsory. Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with Matthew ...

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Christmas with Clare Teal – Town Hall, Birmingham

Clare Teal

Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas music over the last couple of decades seems to be dominated by either Slade and Wizzard, or Mariah Carey and The Pogues. If you want something a bit different, though, you could try Christmas with Clare Teal for an evening of jazzy big band music with a Christmas flavour. Joining Teal is Gary Williams, a well-known ...

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The All-Star Stand-Up Tour – Town Hall, Birmingham

Peter Firman, Gary Delaney, Jarred Christmas, Sean Hughes in the All Star Stand Up Tour

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Currently touring the UK, The All-Star Stand-Up Tour features four well-known comedians. Jarred Christmas acts as the evening’s host, warming the audience up for sets from Gary Delaney, Pete Firman and Sean Hughes. Together, they bring a wealth of experience and talent to the stage of Birmingham’s Town Hall, but can they also raise the roof with ...

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Tubular Bells for Two – Town Hall, Birmingham

Music: Mike Oldfield Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tubular Bells is an iconic piece of music and justly famous for many reasons. Incredibly, when it was released in 1973 (the first release on the fledgling Virgin record label), Oldfield was just 19, having written, played and recorded almost every instrument – all of which were listed in the album notes, using the ...

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Barbara Dickson – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Barbara Dickson gazes out serenely from the cover of this evening’s programme. Looking at this image and the slight figure on stage at Birmingham Town Hall and listening to the clarity of her voice, it’s difficult to believe that she has been a stalwart of the Scottish and British folk scenes since the mid-1960s appearing on vinyl ...

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Simon Amstell: to be free – Town Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Simon Amstell is perhaps most widely known for his television appearances, hosting Never Mind the Buzzcocks with his trademark acerbic wit, taking the mickey out of numerous guests, and his sitcom, Grandma’s House. His humour now treads a fine line between self-deprecation and mildly embarrassed egotism. However, before Amstell takes to the large and largely empty Town ...

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PREVIEW: Forthcoming events at Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall

Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall have an international reputation for the quality of their programming and the Symphony Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind, with wonderful acoustics and excellent sightlines. The Public Reviews is pleased to be associated with the organisation and to be able to review a selection of the concerts and ...

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